Mysterious Phileas Fogg is a cool customer. A man of the most repetitious and punctual habit - with no apparent sense of adventure whatsoever - he gambles his considerable fortune that he can complete a journey around the world in just 80 days... immediately after a newspaper calculates the feat as just barely possible.
With his excitable French manservant in tow, Fogg undertakes the exercise immediately, with no preparations, trusting that his traveling funds will make up for delays along the way. But unbeknownst to him, British police are desperately seeking to arrest him for the theft of a huge sum by someone who resembles him, and they will track him around the world, if necessary, to apprehend him.
This is an adventure novel of the first water, with wholly unexpected perils, hair-breadth escapes, brilliant solutions to insoluble problems, and even a love story. And can this be? - That he returns to London just five minutes too late to win his wager and retain his fortune?
Summary and recording by Mark F. Smith
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January 11, 2015
a First Class, Flawless Reading
an absolute pleasure to listen to. Mr. Smith is one of the best Librivox readers out there. You won't be disappointed.
August 13, 2013
A most pleasurable voyage!
This was my first download of a Librivox recording. Mark Smith is to be commended on his flawless reading of this timeless classic. While some might say the timbre may be a bit stoic I found the listening to quite pleasurable. Phileas Fogg - himself a stoic character - was well portrayed with this treatment. This is not to say that Marks range in character portrayal was lacking. Rather, I found his Passepartout was perfectly cast. All other characters met along the journey also were imparted truly unique personalities
I see that Librivox offers several readings of this book but I would recon that "Mark Smith, From Simpsonville, South Carolina"'s reading will be a tough one to beat. Five Star!
April 19, 2011
Reader is "of the first water" (to quote from him)
Generally most of us are rather good speakers. But alas! what happens to us, if we are to read aloud in view of a microphone. Sometimes I think this prooves, that something must be wrong with our education, when we, once made up our minds to perform aloud for recording and beeing published, react with so much - well, tension in voice and breathing, and read nearly always much too fast.
Far beyond such troublesome experiences are the readings of Mark Smith, which we have here another applaudable example of, always a benefit to the ear, and a blessing for Librivox. If you buy an audio-book, you are always in danger to have to listen to a voice, articulation, or pronunciation you don´t like - not so here, and it is for free! Sound quality is now as well "cum summa laude" even at 64 Kbps.